Sunday, June 25, 2006

Geranium- my all time fave plant in my garden

Geraniums are so easy to grow. I have known these flowers since my childhood days in Baguio because of their attractive petals, five in all for the standard plant. I used to 'paste' the petals on my little fingernails and they look like nailpolish.

They are easily grown from cuttings, low maintenance, disease and pest resistant and they seem to flourish with flowers all the year round.

My small collection includes those that produce white, red-orange, deep read and pink flowers. They also have a scent, which I don't particularly dislike. Their foliage are nice rounded type sometimes with a tinge of a dark green around it. With or without flowers they do look attractive.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

A nice garden in my neighbourhood

When I walk up to the bus stop I just stop and admire this garden.

Once, the old man who probably tends it came out of the door and I told him how I always stop and look at his plants I can never forget the smile and the thanks he gave me like he looked more motivated to do it all the time. I expressed my enjoyment in watching the day to day growth and eventual blossoming of the flowers.

He plants different types of flowering plants and changes them 3 x a year I think.
I wonder if I will ever have the time to do this. In my retirement perhaps...I have a lot of gardening books and magazines.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Snow Tree

I am not sure about the name of this bush/tree but most houses around my area have it. I just call it snow tree as during this time, winter time, it's covered with white leaves/petals and it's a pure white cloud-like plant, that sparkles in the dark and it looks sooooo white at daytime. The flowers last for at least a month. Next door neighbour had it first. I went to buy a pot at K-mart 3 years ago and it's grown to this bush-it's also spreading little ones around- i must have 3 or 4 new growths- very spindly ones. I have to prune it a bit after the flower's gone to encourage new growth and a good show.